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    1798 Half Eagle, AU58
    Rare Heraldic Eagle BD-2 Variety

    1798 $5 Large Eagle, Large 8, 13 Star Reverse AU58 NGC. BD-2, R.5. The substantial mintage of 24,867 half eagles achieved in 1798 is split between two major design types, with the famous BD-1 Small Eagle reverse in one group, and seven varieties of the Heraldic Eagle reverse in the other. The coin offered here represents the rare BD-2 variety, easily recognized by the dramatic scribe line/die break below the date on the obverse, paired with the Heraldic Eagle reverse. The obverse die was also used on the celebrated 1798 Small Eagle variety, while this is the only use of the reverse die. The BD-2 probably accounted for 3,500-4,500 pieces of the reported mintage, with a surviving population in the range of 50-70 examples in all grades.
    This attractive near-Mint specimen is well-detailed, with just a trace of wear on the high points of the design. The surfaces show a number of die cracks and clash marks, indicative of some median die state between Bass-Dannreuther b/a and c/b. The pleasing lemon-yellow fields display much prooflike reflectivity in sheltered areas. Only minor abrasions are evident, and eye appeal is quite strong for the grade. Census: 22 in 58, 21 finer (6/12).
    From The Harvey Collection.(Registry values: P3)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25NN, PCGS# 8078)

    Weight: 8.75 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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    August, 2012
    2nd-5th Thursday-Sunday
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